Search Results: "Don Lemna"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN THE SERGEANT CAME MARCHING HOME by Don Lemna
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2008

"Each chapter is a self-contained episode, making this a perfect bedtime book full of heart and more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. (Fiction. 8-12)"
"Early in the summer of 1946, an infantry sergeant returned from the war and ruined my life by forcing me to move from our comfortable basement apartment in Wistola, Mont., out to a farm in the middle of nowhere." Read full book review >

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OUT IN LEFT FIELD by Don Lemna
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Young fans of Robert Newton Peck's Soup titles will find much to enjoy in this funny, episodic, historical novel full of realistic characters and light family drama. (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
How is a guy supposed to live down taking a baseball to the noggin in the critical moment of an inter-town baseball game in the waning days of summer 1947? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Suitable for avid younger historians and older reluctant readers. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Traditional journalistic questions are applied to Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral, as well as the roundup and executions of John Wilkes Booth and his associates. Read full book review >

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INTO THE VOLCANO by Don Wood
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Those who do will find a rollicking, fast-paced story that resolves itself nicely—an overall creative yarn of greed, family and survival. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
From Caldecott Honoree Wood comes an inventive and imaginative graphic adventure. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN BOY by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Includes bibliography and author's note. (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Brown begins his beautifully constructed picture-book biography with young Sam's dangerous escapade on the frozen Mississippi River. Read full book review >

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RUTH LAW THRILLS A NATION by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A likable story, well worth telling. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
In 1916, ``Ruth Law tried to fly from Chicago to New York City in one day. Read full book review >

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A VOICE FROM THE WILDERNESS by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note fleshes out the details of this extraordinary woman's life. (Biography. 7-9)"
Brown (Mary Kingsley in Africa, 2000, etc.) relies on Anna Howard Shaw's autobiography as the inspiration for his account of a woman whose pioneer background prepared her for the causes she championed in her adult life. Read full book review >

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STRONG AS SANDOW by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Readers will find parallels with Meghan McCarthy's picture-book biography of Charles Atlas, Strong Man (2007), but Tate's celebration of Eugen Sandow makes a solid addition to any biography section. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Tate introduces his readers to one of the first international sports stars in a well-researched biography of bodybuilding strongman Eugen Sandow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POET by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While the author justifiably bemoans the disproportionate number of titles about African-Americans that focus on slavery, his decision to illuminate this remarkable man's life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity. (bibliography, author's note, acknowledgements) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Tate paints a portrait of a North Carolina man who pursued his passion for language through long years of enslavement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Despite the book's clarity, many young listeners still may not understand the enormity of the enterprise or its importance in U.S. history (bibliography) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Brown brings to life a complex undertaking that had important repercussions, though his early-elementary audience may not be quite ready for it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"These suspenseful and fast-paced nonfiction selections provide arresting snapshots of history. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The Titanic's fateful maiden voyage receives a riveting review in Brown's latest work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2010

"This glimmer of the future inventor in his youth—sprinkled with quotations from Edison himself—may inspire a few daydreamers to get to work. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Thomas Edison's mother yanked him out of school when his teacher called her forever-daydreaming son "addled." Read full book review >